Saturday, October 21, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
For lots more. see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Part of Russia at the time, for about 60 years part of Ukraine and recently part of Russia again.
This place was the venue for the Yalta Conference of February 1945 in which President FDR and Winston Churchill agreed to carve up Germany and Austria into occupation zones and to let Stalin redraw the maps of Eastern Europe after WW2.
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Some will have seen the Chris Tarrant episode of his Extreme Railway Journeys series on this well-known adventure train at the bottom of Argentina, and if you haven't it's worth viewing like the other episodes -- details
A book which appeared about the same time at the end of last year was this one, a mystery story set on it (presumably, none of us have yet read it).
See also the earlier post.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
The reference to Australian National Railways and the graphic showing the previous Commonwealth Railways locomotive livery style dates this to 1975 or shortly after. The train was extended to Adelaide in 1982 when the line from Port Pirie to there was standard gauged. The train ceased in 1991.
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'Tractor' was the nickname for the 37 Class English Electric-built Co-Co's as apparently they sounded like the ones on farms. This branch, part of the former North Lancashire Loop, lasted until 1993. Info
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|a Tatra T3M type|
...as the Czech Republic is now called. The city of Brünn (Brno) had the first tramway in the country and today is the second largest system after Prague. Horse trams began in 1869, steam in 1886 and conversion to electricity in 1900,
On 21 June 1900 the first electrified lines were put into operation with 41 traction cars and 41 trailers, cars; most of the latter were taken over from the steam tramway. New lines were built in the first year of operation, making 5 of them.
In 1914, the Brünner Elektrischen Strassenbahnen company became financially troubled and was taken over by the Österreichischen Elektrizitäts Lieferungs Aktiengesellschaft of Vienna. During WW1, only one stretch was extended - to a hospital.
After the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918, the Společnost brněnských pouličních drah company took over the enterprise. From 1924, new lines were built, later the focus was on the construction of a second track on single-track lines.
In 1938 eight routes were in operation. In 1942, the local railway Brno-Lösch, a normal railway, was taken over and converted into a tram line by electrification.
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An article on the stuff site:
One hundred years ago, the fields of Flanders in Belgium were the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes of World War I. Here's how the Battle of Passchendaele became the worst catastrophe in New Zealand's military history.
Passchendaele, along with the Somme, came to symbolise the Great War for many.
Read the rest, including a one-minute video
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